A string of top accounts on the new pro-Trump app GETTR were hacked and defaced on its July 4 launch day

Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jason Miller, and Mike Pompeo's accounts were hacked
Several verified accounts were targeted in the cyberattack, including those of Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jason Miller, and Mike Pompeo.

  • GETTR, founded by former Trump aide Jason Miller, was hacked on the day of its official launch.
  • The accounts of Miller, Marjorie Taylor-Greene, Mike Pompeo, and other Trump allies were targeted.
  • A man claiming responsibility told Insider the hack was “easy” to pull off.
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GETTR, the new social media platform set up by allies of former President Donald Trump, was been hacked on the day of its July 4 launch.

The platform’s most popular verified users, mostly former Trump aides, had their accounts compromised. GETTR’s official support page was also targeted.

GETTR's official @support page was hacked
GETTR’s official @support page was hacked and defaced.

Jason Miller, who founded the platform and was formerly a spokesperson to Trump, had his page taken over.

The accounts of Mike Pompeo, Steve Bannon, Marjorie Taylor-Greene, Harlan Hill, Sean Parnell, and the pro-Trump broadcaster Newsmax were also hacked.

All of these account’s profiles were changed to show the same message: “@JubaBaghdad was here 🙂 ^^ free palestine ^^.”

The accounts were first hacked at around 8:30 a.m. EST, and the majority of the profiles returned to their previous state by 10:00 a.m. EST.

Insider spoke to the user @JubaBaghdad, who claimed responsibility for the hack, via Twitter direct message.

When asked why he decided to target the social media platform, he said it was “just for fun” and that it had been “easy” from a technical standpoint.

“They should not publish the website before making sure everything, or at least almost everything, is secure,” he added. He did not disclose how he took control of the accounts.”

Miller, GETTR’s CEO, told Insider: “You know you’re shaking things up when they come after you. The problem was detected and sealed in a matter of minutes, and all the intruder was able to accomplish was to change a few user names. The situation has been rectified and we’ve already had more than half a million users sign up for our exciting new platform!”

The platform is off to a bumpy start more broadly.

GETTR was flooded with pornographic images and GIFs on Saturday, Insider reported. Users spammed the platform’s first post with graphic hentai videos and images of Hillary Clinton’s face photoshopped onto a woman’s naked body, Mother Jones reported.

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Trump allies’ new anti-censorship app for conservatives has already been overrun with porn, reports say

GETTR's main interface
A screenshot of GETTR.

  • GETTR, a social media app set up by a former Trump aide, officially launches on July 4.
  • The anti-Twitter platform has already been flooded with pornographic spam comments, reports say.
  • Despite its objection to censorship, GETTR said it reserves the right to “address” lewd content.
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A new, anti-censorship social media platform set up by Donald Trump’s former aides has already been overrun with porn, reports say.

GETTR, which is led by former Trump spokesman Jason Miller, advertises itself as holding freedom of speech as a “core value.” But users have already taken advantage of the website’s lax approach to moderation, according to reports.

According to Politico, the app went live in app stores in mid-June but is set to launch officially on July 4.

Comments under the platform’s welcome message currently include pornographic images and GIFs, Mother Jones reported. Users have also spammed the platform’s first post with graphic hentai videos and images of Hillary Clinton’s face photoshopped onto a woman’s naked body, the outlet said.

There are also comments including images of old men wearing diapers, Gizmodo reported.

The platform’s QAnon hashtag was also flooded with obscene memes, according to the Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer.

It is not clear who the posters of the memes and lewd messages are. Neither GETTR nor Miller immediately responded to Insider’s request for comment.

Read more: The Capitol Hill insurrection showed Reddit’s moderation policies work well, according to its technology chief

A description for GETTR on Apple’s App Store shows that it has a 17+ “mature” rating.

And while the platform cites a commitment to not censoring content, GETTR’s terms of service show that it reserves the right to “address content” that is “obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, pornographic, violent.”

As Insider’s Grace Panetta reported, GETTR’s format resembles that of Twitter, with trending topics, verified users, and the ability to reshare and like posts.

The former president is yet to join GETTR and, according to Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs, has no plans to participate and still intends to launch his own social media website.

He was barred from platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram following the Capitol riot, and recently shut down his blog due to low readership rates and widespread mockery.

According to Politico, Miller recently left his post as Trump’s spokesman to launch GETTR, and Tim Murtaugh, who was once Trump’s communications director, also works as a consultant for the app.

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Trump’s former top aide launches GETTR, a new conservative social media platform

Screenshot of social media platform GETTR
GETTR, a new social media platform launched by former top Trump aide Jason Miller

  • A former Trump aide has started a new conservative social media platform, GETTR.
  • GETTR’s format is similar to Twitter’s, with trending topics and resharing posts.
  • Trump was booted from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. He shut down his blog over low readership.
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Former President Donald Trump’s top aide Jason Miller has launched a new social media platform, GETTR.

Miller recently left his post as Trump’s spokesman to launch GETTR, Politico reported on Thursday. He was replaced by former Republican National Committee press secretary Liz Harrington.

Trump has explored various ways to get back on social media after being banned from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram in the wake of the January 6 Capitol insurrection. Trump is permanently suspended from Twitter, and will be suspended from Facebook and Instagram for the next two years.

Most recently, Trump shuttered his blog “From the Desk of Donald Trump,” reportedly due to low readership rates and mockery over the site’s low traffic and engagement.

Read more: Trump Organization on trial: Here’s what it would look like

GETTR very strongly resembles Twitter in format, with trending topics, verified users, and the ability to reshare and like posts.

Buzzfeed News reported in February that Trump’s team was in talks for the former president to exclusively join Parler, another conservative platform that tried to mimic Twitter, in exchange for a 40% stake in the company, a deal that never came to fruition.

An excerpt of Michael Wolff’s upcoming book “Landslide” also reported that a condition of the deal would have been for Parler to ban any users who spoke poorly about the former president. This, despite Trump’s complaints about social media platforms censoring users over their social media beliefs.

Parler was temporarily taken offline after being dropped by its domain provider, Amazon Web Services, and removed from the Apple and Google app stores following the January 6 riot.

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Longtime Trump aide Jason Miller leaving role to lead tech company that could become a new Trump platform

Jason Miller, Senior Adviser to the Trump 2020 re-election campaign, appears for the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, on Feb. 9, 2021.
Jason Miller, Senior Adviser to the Trump 2020 re-election campaign, appears for the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, on Feb. 9, 2021.

  • Trump spokesperson Jason Miller is leaving his day-to-day role with the former president.
  • He’s taking over as chief executive officer of a tech company start up.
  • The company is developing a social media platform that Trump is considering using after being banned by Facebook and Twitter.
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Jason Miller, a longtime senior advisor to former President Donald Trump, is leaving his role as chief spokesperson to lead a tech start-up company, according to a person familiar with the venture.

Miller, who worked on Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns, has served as the former president’s on-the-record spokesperson since he left office in January. Miller is expected to remain with Trump’s team, though not in a day-to-day position.

Trump has already started interviewing possible replacements.

It was not immediately clear which company Miller would be leading, but a source said it is one that currently owns a social media platform that Trump is considering using. The former president was banned from major social media outlets, including Facebook and Twitter, following the January 6 Capitol attack.

A source familiar with the plans told Insider the startup is using “next-generation” technology and “blows away anything else currently on the market.”

In recent days, Miller has had conversations with leading conservative figures about the new project, Politico reported, and additional hires could be announced soon.

The move comes as members of the right continue their search for a new social media platform in the wake of Trump being barred from many social media spaces.

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A court ruled that a Trump spokesperson must pay $42,000 to Gizmodo Media Group for wrongfully claiming the outlet defamed him

Jason Miller, Senior Adviser to the Trump 2020 re-election campaign, appears for the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, on Feb. 9, 2021.
Jason Miller, Senior Adviser to the Trump 2020 re-election campaign, appears for the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, on Feb. 9, 2021.

  • Trump spokesperson Jason Miller lost a defamation lawsuit against G/O Media, the parent of Gizmodo and once-active outlet Splinter.
  • Splinter in 2018 reported that Miller had given a dancer abortion drugs after getting her pregnant.
  • Miller has repeatedly said the story is untrue, but the court ruled in favor of G/O Media and ordered him to pay about $42,000.
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Jason Miller, spokesperson for former President Donald Trump, must pay about $42,000 to G/O Media after a Florida court found that the outlet is not guilty of defamation, court documents show.

Miller accused G/O of defaming him in a report on an allegation made by his former girlfriend AJ Delgado last year in a sealed filing in a custody battle for their son. The report said Miller had given a dancer at a strip club in Florida abortion drugs in a smoothie after getting her pregnant.

He has strenuously denied the allegation and said the story was untrue.

G/O, formerly the Gizmodo Media Group, is the parent company of Gizmodo and Jezebel, among other news outlets.

The story originally ran in September 2018 in Splinter, which has since shut down.

Miller had claimed that the story was inaccurate and had led to the termination of his contract with CNN. Prior to the termination, Miller had been a paid political commenter for the network.

When Miller first filed the defamation suit in 2019, a court struck it down and sided with Gizmodo.

But Miller in 2020 revived the lawsuit, filing an appeal with the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, court docs show.

In his appeal, Miller argued for confidentiality “to prevent a serious and imminent threat to the fair, impartial, and orderly administration of justice,” to “avoid substantial injury to innocent third parties,” to “avoid substantial injury to a party by disclosure of matters protected by a common law or privacy right not generally inherent in the specific type of proceeding sought to be closed,” and to “comply with established public policy,” according to court documents.

During oral arguments, attorney Shane Vogt called the allegation against Miller “indisputably false.” Miller had been seeking $100 million from G/O in damages.

The appeals court rejected Miller’s lawsuit and ordered him to pay about $42,000 in legal fees.

Insider’s Tom Porter contributed to this report.

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Trump advisor Jason Miller says defeating Liz Cheney is ‘one of the highest priorities’

President Joe Biden (C) greets Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) with a fist bump before addressing a joint session of congress in the House chamber of the US Capitol April 28, 2021 in Washington, DC.
President Joe Biden (C) greets Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) with a fist bump before addressing a joint session of congress in the House chamber of the US Capitol April 28, 2021.

  • Trump advisor Jason Miller pointed out Liz Cheney as a top political target of the former president.
  • Cheney faces the loss of her leadership role in the House and a tough GOP primary challenge in 2022.
  • The No. 3 House Republican refuses to waver from her criticism of Trump’s continued election lies.
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A top advisor for former President Donald Trump said unseating House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney of Wyoming in her 2022 GOP primary election was a top priority of the former president, according to the Washington Post.

Trump senior advisor Jason Miller told the Post in a recent interview that the former president’s political advisors have already begun to call contacts in Wyoming to field potential Republican primary challengers to Cheney.

Miller said defeating Cheney was “one of the highest priorities as far as primary endorsements go.”

The Post also reported that Trump met with advisors in Florida earlier this week to review 2022 endorsements; the former president pledged to support one GOP challenger to avoid splitting the “anti-Cheney” vote in a divided field.

Cheney has increasingly found herself on the outs within her caucus as she continues to criticize Trump for refusing to acknowledge the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election that he lost to President Joe Biden.

After the November election, Trump spent months attempting to overturn the election results in a number of key states, including Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. His campaign team lost nearly every major court battle.

Cheney has chastised Trump for his role in the January 6 Capitol riot, accusing him of feeding the insurrectionists with lies about the election results.

The conservative congresswoman, who’s the No. 3 Republican in the House, was one of only 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection” in his second impeachment trial.

Read more: The House’s history-making top security official talked with Insider about his plan to reopen the Capitol and ensure it will ‘never, ever be breached again’ after the January 6 attack

Cheney received the backing of her caucus to keep her leadership role in a February vote, but she will almost certainly face a vote to remove her as conference chair next week.

GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, who tried to overturn the election results earlier this year, is a leading candidate to succeed Cheney.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, both strong Trump allies, have abandoned support for Cheney’s continued tenure in leadership.

Trump on Wednesday lashed out at Cheney from his newly launched blog.

“Warmonger Liz Cheney, who has virtually no support left in the Great State of Wyoming, continues to unknowingly and foolishly say that there was no Election Fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election when in fact, the evidence, including no Legislative approvals as demanded by the US Constitution, shows the exact opposite,” he wrote.

The Post on Wednesday published an op-ed written by Cheney, where she argued that it was imperative for the GOP to adhere to the rule of law and lashed out at the former president.

“The Republican Party is at a turning point, and Republicans must decide whether we are going to choose truth and fidelity to the Constitution,” she wrote. “We Republicans need to stand for genuinely conservative principles, and steer away from the dangerous and anti-democratic Trump cult of personality.”

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Trump eyes visit to US-Mexico border soon but is waiting for Biden to fail first, former aide says

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Former President Donald Trump participates in a ceremony commemorating the 200th mile of border wall at the international border with Mexico in San Luis, Arizona, June 23, 2020.

  • Trump may visit the US-Mexico border “soon,” former senior adviser Jason Miller said in a podcast.
  • He is waiting for Biden to “go and fail on his own” before he makes the trip, Miller said.
  • Trump has previously criticized Biden for the “dangerous” surge of migrants at the border.
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Former President Donald Trump is considering visiting the US-Mexico border but is waiting for President Joe Biden to “fail on his own” first, former aide Jason Miller said in a podcast on Friday.

Miller, a senior adviser on Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, was asked whether Trump was going to head to the border imminently to address the surge of migrants waiting to be let into the US, the Independent reported.

“We discussed that recently, I could see him doing that soon,” Miller said on “The Michael Berry Show” podcast.

The former president is holding off on the trip, for now, Miller said. He is intent on waiting for Biden to “go and fail on his own before he goes and steps in on that,” the former aide added.

“I think there’s a very fine line between calling someone out on policies and then appearing to do something that’s showboating or give Joe Biden an opportunity to point and say, ‘See this isn’t serious, look at President Trump down at the border making a scene out of this’,” Miller also said in the podcast, reported the Independent.

“So not immediately but I could see a trip at some point in the future here,” Miller went on. “But it is something that President Trump is really concerned about.”

On Saturday night, Trump directly addressed a potential visit to the US-Mexico border, saying in a Fox News interview that “a lot of people” want him to go.

Asked by Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro when he plans to make the trip down to the border, Trump did not give a specific date.

“Over the next couple of weeks,” he said. “The Border Patrol wants me to go. Probably over the next couple of weeks. I don’t think there’s a rush for me to go.”

Thousands of migrants have traveled to the border in recent months, with an unprecedented number waiting to be allowed into the US.

US officials have attributed the rush of immigrants to the Biden administration’s “more humane” immigration policy.

Biden has tried to stress that there is nothing unique about the border surge. “I like to think it’s because I’m a nice guy, but it’s not, it’s happened every year,” Biden said during his first solo press conference. “The reason they’re coming is it’s the time they can travel with the least likelihood of dying because of the heat in the desert.”

Trump, however, has been vocal in his opposition to the new immigration agenda. In a statement earlier this month, the former president referred to the “spiraling tsunami at the border” as “dangerous.”

In his interview with Pirro on Saturday, Trump called the influx of migrants at the border a “dangerous situation” and tore into the immigration policies put forth by the Biden administration.

“This is going to destroy our country,” he said.

“We have potentially millions of people coming up over a fairly short period of time. And these are people that in a large way are not people we want in our country,” he added, once again referring to migrants as “murderers” and “rapists.”

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Former top strategist Jason Miller says Trump is happy after leaving the White House and glad not to be on Twitter

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President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump step off Air Force One as they arrive at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida, on January 20, 2021.

Jason Miller, Donald Trump’s former campaign strategist, said in an interview with The Times of London that the ex-president “feels happier” than he did in the White House and is glad not to be on social media anymore.

After leaving office, Miller’s picture of Trump’s mood is contradicted by other reports coming out of the president’s post-presidency home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.  

One source close to the president told The Daily Beast last week that the former president is so frustrated by being banned from Twitter that he is writing out insults and tweets and trying to get aides to send them. 

Yet Miller insisted that Trump is the most relaxed he’s seen him. 

“This was the first time in years that I saw the president truly relaxed,” he told the Times. “Only 45 other people in US history have experienced what it is like to have the world on their shoulders . . . and to be able to exhale, knowing that it’s not all on you for the first time in four years.”

Miller worked with Trump as a communications advisor during his successful 2016 presidential campaign and took on a senior strategist role in Trump’s unsuccessful reelection campaign last year. 

In the interview, Miller also addressed Trump’s second impeachment trial to convict the president on charges that he incited an insurrection by goading supporters to attack the Capitol on January 6. 

 “There is no real scenario in which he is going to be convicted, so the pressure is completely off,” Miller told the publication of the impeachment trial. 

Miller said that he believes his former boss “would like to” run for the presidency again in 2024. 

He warned Republicans that if they vote to convict Trump, he could gear up plans to start a third party and tear apart the GOP.  

“There hasn’t been any active planning for a third party and it will remain that way,” said Miller. “The only way it could become more serious is if Republican senators were to vote to convict President Trump.

“I don’t think Republican senators want to tear the party apart, so let’s go and dismiss this second impeachment witch- hunt.”

Republican lawmakers are reportedly concerned that if they oppose Trump, he could turn his supporters against them and back primary challengers to oust them from office. 

Unlike other former presidents, who keep a relatively low profile after leaving office, Trump has spoken out to praise allies in the GOP as he seeks to retain his hold over the party and mitigate the prospects of an impeachment conviction.

Among them is Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who Trump has expressed support for as she comes under pressure for past comments supporting bizarre right-wing conspiracy theories and violence against Democrats. 

He is also reportedly determined to take revenge on Republicans who’ve turned against him, including Rep. Liz Cheney, the 3rd most powerful Republican in Congress, one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in the January 13 House of Representatives vote. 

Miller said Trump remains the most powerful force in Republican politics. 

“It’s not even close. He is the one who has remade the party and brought new people in,” said Miller.

“The Republican Party now shares his ideals when it comes to trade, foreign policy, and being an inclusive party that saw record African-American and Latino support.”

 

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